The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (book)

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
AuthorVincent Starrett
PublisherMacmillan Publishers
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a book by Vincent Starrett originally published in 1933.[1] It is considered the first[1][2] book on Sherlock Holmes scholarship and a cornerstone of the study of Sherlockiana.[1][3][4] It has been credited with jumpstarting the creation of Sherlockian Societies.[5] It has been used as an inspiration and a reference for "biographies" of Sherlock Holmes such as Nick Rennison's 2005 Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography.[6]

The book was dedicated to William Gillette, Frederic Dorr Steele, and Gray Chandler Briggs.[7]

The book was revised and expanded in 1960 and republished by The University of Chicago Press[8] and again in 1993 by Otto Penzler Books.[9] A paperback edition of the University of Chicago edition, with a new introduction and epilogue, was published by Pinnacle Books in 1975.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Redmond, Christopher (2009). Sherlock Holmes Handbook: Second Edition. Dundurn Press. p. 260. ISBN 9781459718982.
  2. ^ Skene-Melvin, David (2013). Bloody York. Dundurn. p. 207. ISBN 9781459727397.
  3. ^ "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes by Vincent Starrett". The Mysterious Press. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Byrne, Bob (August 29, 2016). "The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Vincent Starrett on the Great Detective". Black Gate. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Doyle, Steven; Crowder, David A. (2010). Sherlock Holmes For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 243. ISBN 9780470647370.
  6. ^ Rennison, Nick (2007). Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography. Grove Press. p. 255. ISBN 9781555848736.
  7. ^ Boström, Mattias (2018). From Holmes to Sherlock. Mysterious Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-8021-2789-1.
  8. ^ DeWaal, Ronald Burt (1974). The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes. Bramhall House. p. 177. ISBN 0-517-217597.
  9. ^ Starrett, Vincent (1993). The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Otto Penzler Books. ISBN 1-883402-05-0.
  10. ^ Pinnacle Books, New York, 1975

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